Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Butterflied shrimp

Butterfly nets
Another shrimp boat from the Bayou Bienvenue area, out east of New Orleans. Note the nets hanging high on either side of the boat. Those are butterfly nets. They hang out and down just below the surface of the water. The purpose is to catch shrimp swimming along the surface, usually with the help of a out-going tide.

That's opposed to the other kind of nets which drag along the bottom of the lakes, scooping up the delicacies.

In 2006, Louisiana shrimp landings totaled 135 million pounds (heads-off weight) and were valued at $144.8 million dockside.

--steve buser

Lagniappe

Today on Pixel Eyed I'm in "High Cotton"

So, I looked around the Daily City Photo pages and came up with these photos that seemed to capture that "high cotton" feeling.

Detroit Marathon: And the Winner Is... -- St. Louis Daily Photo
Did you notice? -- Sydney Daily Photo
Man and his dog. -- Selma Daily Photo

13 comments:

Rambling Round said...

Is there a reason for catching the surface-swimming shrimp as opposed to those on the bottom? Do they have less grit or a better flavor?

Jilly said...

Nice shot. I love the boat and those poles in the water.

Marie said...

Oh this is an artist's photo. Very beautiful.

Felicia said...

That is a lot of shrimp! What is your favorite shrimp preparation? I make a shrimp fettucini with a heavy cream sauce. Thanks for thinking of us in San Diego. We've had constant news about the fires so I just heard about the rain & floods in your city! Hope things there are safe.

Wendy said...

As soon as I read "shrimp boat" I thought of Forest Gump. Love that part of the movie that mentions every kind of shrimp dish possible. Aside from that silly side thought - your photo of the shrimp boat, and comment about how many are caught and what the value amounts to was very interesting.

Felicia said...

Hi Steve, yeah, fried shrimp sounds good, anything fried sounds good! We are getting a lot of comparisons to Katrina here in San Diego. And you are right about the continued heart breaks.

Wanda said...

Yes, I like Wendy, couldn't help but think of Forest Gump. But my thought was of him standing on the Shrimp boat smiling from ear to ear when he saw Captain Dan on the pier!!!

Nice picture!

Moi said...

the way i gorge on sea food ...practically no week goes here when i do not cook shrimps ...i should relocate to NO....:) we get ours mostly from Key West.

Lynette said...

Ah, shrimp. What a great gift they are to mankind. And what a fine photo of the shrimp boat.

GMG said...

Shrimps any style; don't forget to invite me... ;)

KMF said...

nice photo

julia said...

Because of the old songs 'shrimp boats are a commin' and 'goldfish pie da da da...tonight on the bayou' I am saved from total ignorance on some matters! Shrimps are prawns hereabouts. There is a very short season for them in our very river, and they are liked more than the others and quite a lot are imported from Asia.

Ted and Lori said...

Oh, lovely composition. Lovely.